Many men suffering with a receding hairline, or a bald spot on the top of their head, are turning to hair transplantation for help. This can be done using either the follicular unit extraction (FUE) or the follicular unit transplantation (FUT) methods. However, since FUE is more advanced, people often curious to find out – Is FUE hair transplant the best harvesting technique?
FUE is a technique in which an instrument is used to harvest units of 1-4 hairs, from the donor area at the back of the head. The hair is then transplanted to the thinning areas. The FUE method requires the shaving of the donor area, but if you have long hair, the hairs nearby can hide the spot until it grows out.
With the traditional FUT or ‘strip’ method, a scalpel is used to harvest a strip of hair from the back of the head. The strip of hair is cut into individual units before being transplanted.
Which is best?
Both techniques yield very good results, but there are notable differences in the method of extracting the hair.
Some patients experience a greater level of satisfaction with the FUE method for the following reasons:
• FUE leaves a small scar that is hardly visible, while the strip method leaves a long linear scar.
• FUE does not require the use of scalpel or sutures, so there is less likelihood of an infection or other complication.
• Patients are able to return to regular activities much sooner with the FUE method.
The results achieved with hair transplantation depend not so much on the method used, but on the experience and expertise of the physician performing the procedure.
Clients in Guilford, CT, can contact Dr. Robert Langdon Connecticut, of the Langdon Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation on hair transplantation. Call Dr. Langdon today at 844-551-9880.